SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 19, 2016
Stop Killing Shiite Followers, US Tells Buhari
The honeymoon between President Muhammadu Buhari and the United States may be coming to an end as the US yesterday called on the federal government to stop the killings of members of the Shia Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
In a statement issued by the State Department, the US said it was ‘deeply concerned’ by the deaths of dozens of Nigerians during clashes between individuals participating in a Shia procession and the Nigerian Police Force in Kano State on November 14. Read more
81 Nigerians on death row in Malaysia, 15 in Indonesia for Drugs offences
No fewer than 81 more Nigerians in Malaysia and 15 in Indonesia are awaiting execution after they had been convicted on drug related offences in the two countries just as one Chijioke Stephen Obioha was executed in Singapore yesterday.
Drug offences in those countries carry the death penalty. Read more
World Cup Bombshell For Buhari: Dalung kicks against Nigeria’s participation
Attention President Muhammadu Buhari: This is what the man you appointed the general overseer of our sports told an international media organisation,Voice of America, Hausa Service: Nigeria does not need to attend the next World Cup holding in Russia. Read more
NNPC Set To Commence Production Of Aviation FueI In P/Harcourt Refinery
As part of the management of Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) has announced its readiness to commence the production of Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK) popularly known as aviation fuel.
This part of efforts the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to reposition company for profitability in line with the 12-point agenda. Read more
Rivers: Federal, State Legislative Polls Will Hold Dec 10 – INEC
Pending Federal and State legislative elections in Rivers State will hold on December 10 as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC’s director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, stated this yesterday while dispelling a report that the elections have been suspended again. Read more
Osinbajo heads committee to verify asset recovered from looters
The Federal Government has set up an inter-agency Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery, PCAR, as part of its efforts to strengthen the on-going fight against corruption.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja when he received the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas. Read more
Buhari inaugurates Boards Of NNPC, others
President Muhammadu Buhari has officially constituted the boards of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) and the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
While inaugurating the boards at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday, the President charged members to bring on board their experiences to assist the Ministry of Petroleum and the NNPC in charting ways out of the current economic challenges facing the country. Read more
‘Why we intensified bombing of pipelines and ignored ceasefire pleas’
The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) yesterday explained why it did not listen to the Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Forum’s (PANDEF) plea to end the destruction of oil facilities in the region.
According to the spokesman of the upland-based NDGJM’s spokesman, ‘General’ Aldo Agbalaja, they clearly understood the psyche of the present Federal Government which core belief is to intimidate the people of the region with the military and not sincere about peaceful dialogue with the people, hence their resolve to sustain the campaign and pursuit of justice for their people. Read more
Multiple blasts in Maiduguri
In what appears to be a recurring incident of late, suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers yesterday caused the death of six persons, injuring many more in multiple bomb blasts within Maiduguri metropolis in the early hours of the day.
The Borno State Police Commissioner, Demian Chukwu, who confirmed the incident, said the six people, including four suspected suicide bombers, were killed in the blasts, which rocked the metropolis between 4.10am and 7.40am, killing two members of Civilian JTF at their duty posts at Muna Garage on Dikwa Road. Read more
Ondo Guber: Jimoh Ibrahim remains PDP candidate
The Justice Ibrahim Salauwa-led panel constituted to hear all appeals from the Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, indefinitely adjourned judgment in the appeal filed by Eyitayo Jegede challenging the verdict of the panel, granting leave to Jegede to appeal against the nomination of Jimoh Ibrahim as the substantive candidate for the November 26 election in Ondo State. Read more
EFCC Asks Court To Order Ladoja, Aide’s Arrest
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday urged a Federal High Court in Lagos to order the arrest of a former Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja for allegedly refusing to appear before the court for his trial over a N4.7 billion money laundering charge instituted against him by the Commission. Read more
S/Korea Solicits Nigeria’s Support against Nuclear Weapons
The Republic of South Korea has solicited the support of Nigeria for global and comprehensive ban on nuclear weapons as well as putting pressure on North nuclear to abandon its advanced nuclear programme for peace. Read more
29 Kano Constituents Sue Speaker Dogara, others over Abdulmumin suspension
Twenty nine constituents from Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency in Kano state have dragged the Speaker, House of Representative, Mr. Yakubu Dogara to court over suspension of their member, Alhaji Abdulmuminu Jibril Kofa.
Addressing a press conference in Kano on Friday at NUJ secretariat, Counsel to the plaintiff’s, Mr. Bashir Muqaddam, said the court had fixed December 20, 2016 for mentioning. Read more
Nigeria Relying on NNPC to Get Off Recession, Says GMD
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru has said Nigeria was relying on the improved efficiency and productivity of the corporation to overcome the current economic recession she is into.
Baru therefore charged staff of the corporation to become creative and efficient in their tasks, adding that their transparent management of the affairs of the NNPC would guarantee that. Read more
Six Killed in Friday Suicide Attacks on Maiduguri
No fewer than six persons were killed yesterday in a bomb attack in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, the Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu told journalists.
Addressing a press conference, Chukwu said in one of the explosions, four suicide bombers and two members of youth vigilance group, popularly called Civilian JTF, were killed in the early morning triple explosion. Read more
Arewa group berates El-Rufai over corruption charges against Atiku
Following the allegation of corruption thrown against the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, some Northern elements have come out to condemn the governor’s statement.
Besides, both Atiku and El-Rufai have recently traded words against each other on corruption charges, which prompted members of the Arewa Defence League (ADL) to criticise the utterances of the governor against the former Vice President, Atiku, yesterday. Read more
ECOWAS parliament to partner Lagos lawmakers
Economic Committee of West Africa States, ECOWAS’s parliament has integrated the Lagos State House of Assembly lawmakers into its programmes with a view to developing the socio-economy of various states and regions of the ECOWAS member countries. This was disclosed when a delegation of the ECOWAS Parliament visited the state House of Assembly after participating in a programme on maritime security in Lagos. Read more
Bakassi Peninsula ceded to Cameroun in error, says Al-Mustapha
Former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, has expressed the hope that the Bakassi Peninsula ceded to Cameroun would one day return to Nigeria. Read more
Beauty Queens from 30 Countries Storm Calabar for Miss Africa
Bevy of beauties from 30 African countries yesterday arrived Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar to participate in the maiden edition of Miss African Beauty Pageant.
With “Climate Change” as the theme, the pageant is organised by the Cross River State Government to draw global attention to issues of climate change and sundry related environmental issues. Read more
Saudi-led coalition declares 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen
The Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government against Houthi rebels declared a renewable 48-hour ceasefire to begin Saturday, it said in a statement on the kingdom’s SPA news agency website.
“It has been decided to begin a 48-hour ceasefire from 12:00 noon in Yemen’s timing (0900 GMT) on Saturday,” said the coalition statement, adding that the truce will be renewed if the Houthi rebels and their allies abide and allow aid deliveries to besieged cities such as Taiz in the southwest. Read more
Donald Trump settles real estate university lawsuit for $25m
Donald Trump has agreed to pay $25m (£20m) to settle a series of lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University.
Lawyers for the President-elect reached the out-of-court deal to avoid a trial in a potentially embarrassing case that, during his campaign, he had promised to keep fighting and never settle. Read more
Inspector’s ‘ride’ on bonnet of moving car in Buenos Aires
CCTV footage from Argentina shows traffic inspector Lucas Santillan on the bonnet of a moving car which drove off when he tried to stop it.
He finally fell off the car when it slowed down at a junction in Buenos Aires.
Hamilton cast call out Mike Pence over Trump administration. Read more
Hamilton cast call out Mike Pence over Trump administration
The cast of wildly popular broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical publicly called out US politician Mike Pence on stage, after he was spotted in the audience. Earlier in the evening, the Vice President-elect caused a stir in New York as security trailed him outside the theatre.
Once inside, Pence was loudly booed by the audience as he made his way into his seat with his family. Read more